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Making Do

Posted on May 9, 2014 in

by Dianne Neal Matthews  While I was growing up, my mother made almost all of my clothes. She often visited a basement fabric store that offered some bargain fabrics for a penny an inch. One spring when I was in the eighth grade…

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Mother’s Day Apology

Posted on May 8, 2014 in

This Sunday I’ll be experiencing my very first Mother’s Day as a parent. But before that special day gets here I’d like to make a formal apology. A big, fat, red-faced, groveling apology to mothers everywhere. Because while …

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Settling In

Posted on May 6, 2014 in

by Cynthia Ruchti My life as a nomad began when I was eight days old. My father boarded the ship for transport to serve in the Korean Conflict two days after I squalled my way into the world. Mom and I boarded a plane from Califo…

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First Sign of Something New

Posted on May 1, 2014 in

by Christine Lindsay As the snow flies each winter, I keep an eagle eye on my garden, looking for that first bright yellow sign of spring—the forsythia bush. One of my favorite gardening tips—when the forsythia blooms, it’s …

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The Last E-Mail

Posted on April 29, 2014 in

by Laurie Alice Eakes Born with an eye condition that didn’t allow me to read much, I relied on recorded, braille, or read-to-me books. Prior to computers and scanners, most of my schoolbooks had to be read to me, and that task …

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Great Expectations

Posted on April 23, 2014 in

by Richard Mabry Fifteen years ago, just as I was ready to retire from medicine, my wife of forty years died suddenly. Because of this event, the department chairman at the medical school where I was a professor suggested I stay o…

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God Answers Prayer—in His Timing

Posted on April 21, 2014 in

by Vickie McDonough Something I didn’t expect when I first became a writer was that I’d get to travel. Writers attend conferences, travel to other towns for book signings, and visit places while researching their stories. When…

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The Week that Jesus Changed the World

Posted on April 19, 2014 in

Saturday by Wendy Fitzgerald This week we have journeyed through the highs and lows of the seven days before the resurrection of Jesus.  Each day we asked you to add a minute to your prayer time.  We know that prayer precedes he…

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